BCM Family NewsLink, July 27, 2012
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Awards and Recognitions
Dr. Leroy Chiao, chair of the User Panel of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and member of BCM's Center for Space Medicine, is a 2012 recipient of the Russian Medal of Merit for Space Exploration. Signed into decree by the Russian president, the medal recognizes astronauts for their contributions to international cooperation in human space exploration.
Chiao is a veteran of four space missions, including Expedition 10, during which he served as commander and NASA science officer aboard the International Space Station. As User Panel chair, he helps develop effective strategies related to mission success and crew health.
BCM graduate student Hsing-I Ho was awarded an International Student Research Fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. More than $2 million in fellowships were awarded by the institute to 50 graduate students from 19 countries. They support graduate students' education at a pivotal point in their careers as they delve into intense laboratory research for their doctoral dissertation. Ho, from Taiwan, is mentored by Dr. Gad Shaulsky, professor of molecular and human genetics, on his project, "The protective effect of kin-recognition against cheaters and the evolution of polymorphism in kin-recognition genes."
This week, 185 first-year medical students started their medical careers at BCM. They participated in an off-site retreat and orientation and will begin classroom work next week. In addition, 110 students joined BCM's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Welcome to all the new medical and graduate students!
The second annual Resources Fair for Children with Special Needs was held Friday, July 20. It was sponsored by the department of molecular and human genetics at BCM and Texas Children's Hospital with funding from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The highly successful event was held at the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center on West Gray in partnership with the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department. Twenty-nine organizations were represented, including genetic support organizations as well as local and state non-profit organizations. More than 240 families attended.
Researchers at the BCM Vaccine Research Center are looking for volunteers to participate in a study evaluating a new bird flu vaccine preparation. Participants must be 18 to 49 years of age, in good general health and able to make it to six study visits and answer phone calls. Time and travel will be compensated. If interested, call 713-798-4912 to schedule an appointment.
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